An improved (Mayr et al., 1980) three-dimensional multiconstituent spectral model of the Venus thermosphere dynamics is presented, which describes the diurnal variations in the atmospheric composition (in terms of O, CO, and CO2 densities obtained by ONMS and OIMS, temperature, and wind fields on the basis of simplified theoretical interpretations of data obtained by the Pioneer Venus mission. The improved model accounts for nonlinear processes, includes higher order tidal elements, and describes the major gases in self-consistent form. Also presented is a self-consistent, nonlinear solution from a two-dimensional quasi-axisymmetric spectral model which describes the four-day superrotation in the lower atmosphere.
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Advances in Space Research (ISSN 0273-1177); 5; 9, 19